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What makes your jaw click?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Displaced disk

Displaced disk jaw joint.
If not other symptoms, not a problem, If accompanied by clenching/grinding, see dentist for splint.

In brief: Displaced disk

Displaced disk jaw joint.
If not other symptoms, not a problem, If accompanied by clenching/grinding, see dentist for splint.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Manuel Sousa
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Soft tissue

Soft tissue displacement in the joint often results in clicking.

In brief: Soft tissue

Soft tissue displacement in the joint often results in clicking.
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Dr. Manuel Sousa
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Dr. James Courey
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Imbalanced TMJ

This type of imbalance is very unstable and may or may not have some of the other symptoms associated with it.
An unstable TMJ or hypermobile jaw can yield to a variety of bite issues that in time not only cause discomfort, but contributes to the advanced wearing down of teeth. See a prosthodontist to help determine if this is a muscle issue or joint issue.

In brief: Imbalanced TMJ

This type of imbalance is very unstable and may or may not have some of the other symptoms associated with it.
An unstable TMJ or hypermobile jaw can yield to a variety of bite issues that in time not only cause discomfort, but contributes to the advanced wearing down of teeth. See a prosthodontist to help determine if this is a muscle issue or joint issue.
Dr. James Courey
Dr. James Courey
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry

In brief: Movable disc

There is a disc in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that separates the lower jaw from the socket in the skull.
If the disc or its ligaments are injured or stretched, the disc can 'pop' out of position during opening or closing. This makes a 'clicking' sound when it occurs. A dentist can evaluate this problem and possibly correct it.

In brief: Movable disc

There is a disc in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that separates the lower jaw from the socket in the skull.
If the disc or its ligaments are injured or stretched, the disc can 'pop' out of position during opening or closing. This makes a 'clicking' sound when it occurs. A dentist can evaluate this problem and possibly correct it.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dr. Robert Ryan
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